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Residents of Okolo, Adimo village Ibarapa East Local Government of Oyo State have called on Oyo State Government to rescind its decision to acquire their land for grazing.

They alleged that the notice of acquisition dated 8th June signed by the Commissioner for Land, Housing and survey, which is on an A4 paper without a logo of the office of Oyo State Government was pasted on the over 462 hectares of  land.

In an interview with Radio Nigeria, Baale, Okolo, Chief David Okanlawon said the community was aware of the State Governments intention to create ranch for herdsmen in the area.

Chief Okanlawon cautioned the Government not to bring danger close to them and also noted that they were not ready to release their land.

Odofin of New Eruwa, Mr Fasina Olaoye decried the move by the state government to acquire the land in a forceful manner.

Also, President Eruwa Youth Movement, Mr Bimbo  Olaniyan said the youths would not open their eyes to see their future mortgaged.

Some of the occupants who told Radio Nigeria that the hectares of land were for both agricultural and residential use maintained that if acquired, they will be rendered jobless and displace many.

Attempt to contact the Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Mr Isaac Omodewu who signed the letter as at the time of filling this report was futile as he was not picking his telephone calls.

When contacted, Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism Mr Toye Arulogun said he was yet to be briefed on the matter.

Meanwhile, information on the two paged notice of acquisition did not state whether the land is to be allocated to herdsmen.


Dayo Adelowo

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